The kitchen faucet plays an important and integral role in every kitchen design. The faucet allows you to wash dishes, fill pots, bathe pets and small children, or get a glass of water. Faucets for the kitchen come in many styles, sizes, and finishes. They also have several functions and installation types, so there is a range of costs associated with the installation.
The national average range for installing a kitchen faucet is $300 to $800, with most people paying around $500 for an installed monobloc stainless steel faucet with a pull-down sprayer and touchless operation. This project’s low cost is $200 for a chrome single-lever faucet with no spray installed. The high cost is $2,000 for an antiqued copper gantry-style faucet fully installed with deck extensions.
|Kitchen Faucet Prices|
|National average cost||$500|
Faucets are more than just functional. They also have a visual component. You should consider many things when choosing a faucet. Some impact style, while others affect how the faucet and sink function. When selecting a faucet, consider your needs and the space’s appearance. Faucets come in many configurations, from monobloc, or a single-hole drilling in the counter, to widespread layouts or having three holes drilled in the counter. Each has costs and attributes to consider.
|Type of Kitchen Faucet||Average Costs (Material Only)|
|Single-Hole||$50 - $1,000|
|Single-Handle||$50 - $1,000|
|Pull-Out||$125 - $300|
|Widespready||$150 - $500|
|Pull-Down||$150 - $1,000|
|Touchless||$160 - $600|
|Pot Filler||$200 - $1,200|
|Gantry||$250 - $4,000|
|Bridge||$300 - $800|
The cost of a single-hole kitchen faucet is $50 to $1,000. The hole refers to the number of holes that must be drilled into the counter. The faucet is usually called a monobloc, meaning the entire faucet assembly is in one case. Single-hole faucets give you the cleanest look for the kitchen. They may have a pull-out or pull-down sprayer or no spray option at all. They usually have a lever handle to one side of the faucet, and some may also be touchless.
The cost of a single-handle kitchen faucet ranges from $50 to $1,000. Single handle faucets refer to how many levers the faucet has to operate. In this case, it has one lever. This lever may be mounted 1 on the side of the faucet, such as in a monobloc faucet. However, this is not always the case. Sometimes, a single-handle faucet may have the handle mounted separately on the deck. In this case, it is a single-handle faucet that requires two holes.
The cost of a pull-out faucet averages $125 to $300. Pull-out faucets are typically single hole and single lever. They contain a spray head in the faucet body rather than on one side. The spray head pulls straight from the faucet, usually upward. These faucets are usually smaller than the pull-down versions. They also do not have the gooseneck style to the spout, so they have a more transitional appearance.
A widespread kitchen faucet costs between $150 and $500. Widespread faucets are sometimes called 8-inch spreads or three-hole spreads. They consist of a separate spout and two handles, usually installed 8 inches away from each other. These faucets often have a Victorian or traditional appearance. They can have a pull-out spray mounted to one side. In this instance, you need a fourth hole drilled.
The cost of a pull-down kitchen faucet is $150 to $1,000. Pull-down kitchen faucets are usually single hole and single lever. They are typically taller than pull-out faucets and usually have a gooseneck to the spout. The end can pull straight down off of the spout. The biggest difference between this and a pull-out faucet is the angle you pull and the overall height. These faucets are usually larger than a pull-out.
The cost of a touchless kitchen faucet ranges from $160 to $600. Touchless kitchen faucets use different technologies to turn on the water without touching the handle. Most touchless faucets have a handle to adjust the water temperature or flow. The touchless feature only turns on the faucet. It can operate via sensors 2 that see your arm wave below the spout or via toe-touch. Toe-touch operation requires a more involved installation, while sensor faucets do not.
The average cost of a pot filler is between $200 and $1,200. Pot fillers are installed above your stovetop. They are designed to fill large, heavy pots right where you need them. This makes cooking easier, particularly for those who have difficulty lifting large, heavy pots from the bottom of the sink where they are filled up and to the stovetop. Pot fillers come in a few types. Some swing out of the way when not in use while others fold up along joints.
The cost of a gantry faucet averages $250 to $4,000. Gantry faucets provide a professional sprayer with reach and control with your average spout. This separate pull-down sprayer often has more power and force than other sprayers, so they help remove stuck-on food. They come in several styles, including restaurant-style, bridge faucets, and widespread. Gantry faucets use more vertical space than other faucets. This should be planned for in the kitchen’s design before purchasing.
The cost of a bridge faucet is $300 to $800. The bridge is more stylish in traditional or farmhouse designs. It consists of two pipes extending from the deck or wall, which meet in the center at the spout. Bridge faucets may have different-shaped necks but often have a Victorian neck that curves in two to three places. Most bridge faucets are designed for two holes. However, bridge faucets may have a third pipe extending down from the spout when retrofitting an existing countertop.
Your kitchen faucet may have a body made of plastic, brass, or steel. The surface could be colored, covered, or plated with a range of other materials and colors. Some of these, such as chrome, have universal thicknesses and appearances regardless of the manufacturer. Others may be called by a different name, such as nickel or bronze, but are a painted or sprayed-on finish that may cover plastic or metal. The faucet’s finish and color impact the final cost.
|Material||Average Costs (Material Only)|
|Chrome||$40 - $1,500|
|Bronze||$65 - $800|
|Plastic||$80 - $500|
|Nickel||$90 - $1,600|
|Stainless Steel||$100 - $1,000|
|Brass||$100 - $2,000|
|Zinc||$150 - $800|
|Copper||$175 - $1,000|
The cost of a chrome kitchen faucet averages $40 to $1,500. Chrome is one of the least expensive and most common finishes. Chromium is applied via electroplating and is subject to restrictions and regulations. This means the material’s surface must be within recommended tolerances. Chrome is considered non-reactive, which makes it safe for most. It has a cool, nearly blue tone for a more contemporary-looking finish than nickel.
The cost of a bronze kitchen faucet is $65 to $800. There are many types of bronze faucets. Bronze finish is fairly proprietary, meaning Kohler’s Bronze, Delta’s Bronze, and Newport Brass’s bronze are completely different. Unlike chrome, which must always be the same material, a bronze finish could mean many things. It ranges from a rich, deep golden brown to a nearly black finish with copper threads peeking through.
The cost of a plastic kitchen faucet ranges from $80 to $500. If you want a white or black kitchen faucet, you will likely get a plastic faucet. Plastic faucets also come in finishes like bronze or satin nickel. In these cases, the finish is sprayed on the plastic. However, these finishes can peel or chip off the faucet. Follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for cleaning because many substances harm the finish.
The cost of a nickel kitchen faucet is between $90 and $1,600. Nickel is a warmer-toned metal than chrome. It is available polished or in satin and brushed finishes. Nickel can corrode and cause allergic reactions. Care should be taken when cleaning a nickel faucet to avoid damaging the finish. Polished nickel is a fairly consistent finish between companies, but brushed and satin nickel are not. Some companies apply a deep layer of nickel and physically brush it, while others use a spray finish to create a satin texture. This makes it difficult to match your faucet to other nickel finishes in the room.
The cost of a stainless steel kitchen faucet averages $100 to $1,000. Stainless steel is one of the most common finishes for kitchen faucets. The finish easily matches a stainless steel sink or appliance for a cohesive look. Like with stainless sinks and appliances, the steel’s look and finish vary. Have the sink or faucet on hand when shopping for the other component. This ensures they match and do not look odd in the finished kitchen.
The cost of a brass kitchen faucet ranges from $100 to $2,000. Many good-quality faucets have a brass body. This is what the faucet is made from, and then, it is given a finishing material or surface material over the brass. You can get a faucet with a brass finish, which can be polished, brushed, satin, blackened, or antiqued. The depth also varies, and it may be a living finish, meaning devoping a patina 3. Sprayed finish or PVD finish for your brass helps prevent a patina or oxidation.
The cost of a zinc faucet is $150 to $800. Some rare faucets are made with a zinc body, while others are given a zinc coating or finish. Zinc is a rare finish, and only a handful of companies offer it. Zinc is a soft metal with a living finish. This means it can dull or patina. To prevent this, opt for a PVD finish or sprayed-on color to resemble zinc.
The cost of a copper kitchen faucet is between $175 and $1,000. Copper is a popular finish for many faucets. It is most often electroplated on a brass body faucet. Copper can be polished, brushed, or antiqued. A few companies offer a verdigris finish, where the copper has turned blue/green. Copper faucets may have a living finish, meaning they may develop a patina. Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for cleaning to prevent damaging the faucet.
The finish is typically applied in one of two ways. The metal can be electroplated onto the faucet, meaning the faucet is dipped into molten metal, and a current is applied, causing it to adhere to the surface. Some companies may also powder-coat their faucets, a sprayed-on finish commonly used for satin finishes or on plastic faucet bodies.
All faucets may also be given a physical vapor deposition or PVD finish on top of the metal. PVD deposits metallic ions onto the faucet in a vacuum. Once the faucet has been PVDed, it is now impervious to everything, except bleach. The faucet will not degrade and is much less reactive. Chrome faucets are not given this finish because they are already non-reactive and impervious to corrosion.
PVD finishes break down unevenly in the presence of chlorine 4 bleach. The faucet may develop a milky film if you clean it with bleach, which cannot be wiped away. This is the ions breaking down unevenly. If you are concerned about corrosion and reactivity and frequently clean with bleach, consider a chrome faucet.
If you are concerned about bacteria but do not want to clean with bleach, consider a brass or copper faucet because these materials are naturally antimicrobial.
|Type of Finish||Average Costs (Material Only)|
|Powder-Coating||$45 - $1,000|
|Electroplating||$45 - $2,000|
|Physical Vapor Deposition (PVD)||$100 - $2,000|
Nearly every metal finish also comes in a range of finish textures. These range from polished, which is the least expensive, to antiqued, which is often the most expensive. Polished is the only finish that reflects light. Satin, brushed, and antiqued finishes are textured and matte.
The finish is proprietary. Where one company may say their finish is brushed, another may have an identical finish called satin. A third company may have brushed and satin, which are two distinct finishes. Because of this, try to purchase matching accessories from the same manufacturer if you choose a finish other than polished. This includes lights, cabinet knobs, pulls, soap dispensers, and towel rails. Mixing and matching may result in several finishes with the same name but do not match side-by-side.
Below is a general cost range for each of the finishes. Metal finish and adding a PVD finish to a faucet also play roles in costs, so a polished copper faucet may cost more than brushed nickel.
|Finish||Average Costs (Material Only)|
|Polished||$45 - $1,000|
|Satin/Brushed||$100 - $2,000|
|Antiqued||$200 - $2,000|
Your faucet’s spout can have a few shapes. In general, your faucet has a standard spout if you opt for a pull-out faucet. This means that it comes straight out at a 45-degree angle. If you choose a gooseneck faucet, your spout comes much higher before curving downward. This faucet may have a pull-down sprayer.
Finally, you may opt for a Victorian spout if you have an antique, Victorian, or farmhouse kitchen. This spout starts perfectly straight, and then bends up in one or two curves before ending in a gentle gooseneck.
All spouts can usually swivel and do not affect your kitchen’s function. The differences are primarily aesthetic.
|Neck Type||Average Costs (Material Only)|
|Gooseneck||$45 - $2,000|
|Victorian||$125 - $1,000|
|Standard||$125 - $1,000|
The cost of a gooseneck faucet ranges from $45 to $2,000. The gooseneck is one of the oldest styles of faucet spout. It extends up before curving forward and straight down. The gooseneck is popular for homeowners who use many tall pots. You can fit more beneath the neck, and its reach or swivel is often greater. It may also have a pull-down head.
The Victorian kitchen faucet costs between $125 and $1,000. Victorian faucets do not generally have pull-out or pull-down sprays. They may have a gantry or side spray. The Victorian spout can be found on bridge faucets, widespread faucets, and monobloc. In the case of this last one, the handle is generally mounted on the top as a lever. The bridge and widespread faucets may have cross or lever handles mounted on each side.
The standard neck kitchen faucet averages $125 to $1,000. The standard neck comes up a short way from the base and extends up at a straight 45-degree angle. It may have a pull-out spray head. The standard neck faucet uses less space than the gooseneck or Victorian. This is a good choice for sinks that are not deep front to back. It is also a nice choice if you do not want to block a window or view behind the sink.
You can choose your kitchen faucet in many ways. Sometimes, it is by appearance, while other times, the brand. Some brands make a range of options, including matching accessories for a cohesive look. Every brand has proprietary finishes, sizes, and styles to consider.
|Brand||Average Costs (Material Only)|
|Delta||$85 - $400|
|Moen||$100 - $400|
|Kohler||$170 - $800|
|Grohe||$250 - $1,000|
|Watermark||$500 - $4,000|
|KWC||$600 - $2,000|
The cost of a Delta kitchen faucet is $85 to $400. Delta is one of the more popular basic faucet designs. They have standard and gooseneck spouts, and many of their faucets have a side spray. They have widespread and monobloc designs, and their faucets are typically easy to install. Many of Delta’s faucets have a plastic body. They come in several finishes, including nickel and oil-rubbed bronze.
The cost of a Moen faucet averages $100 to $400. Moen is another popular basic faucet. It is also a favorite company of some plumbers for ease of installation. Moen has water-saving faucets and ones that have easy-to-clean spray heads. They have many standard and gooseneck designs. Styles include widespread and monobloc. They also have some Victorian styles. Moen’s finishes may be plastic or metal.
The cost of a Kohler kitchen faucet ranges from $170 to $800. Kohler is a well-known name brand for American water appliances and faucets. They make a wide range of different brass-bodied faucets. This includes some proprietary finishes like their Vibrant Bronze. Kohler faucets come in many sizes and configurations. They may have pull-out or pull-down sprayers, and some have side spray options. They also have a range of matching accessories for their finishes.
The cost of a Grohe kitchen faucet is between $250 and $1,000. Grohe is a German company that is well known throughout the industry as a leader of innovation. They specialize in all faucet types, including those for the kitchen. They have a brass-body construction and were among the first companies to pioneer the pull-out faucet spray. They have several styles and finishes to choose from. Grohe’s faucets often come with exceptional warranties.
The cost of a Watermark kitchen faucet ranges from $500 to $4,000. Watermark is a fully American-owned and operated company. They are based in Brooklyn, NY, and specialize in designer faucets of nearly every finish and style imaginable. Their faucets are available in a range of finishes, including polished, satin, brushed, and antiqued, and things like Black Nickel, gold, black, and red. Watermark’s faucets are made with a brass body and come with an exceptional warranty.
The cost of a KWC faucet averages $600 to $2,000. KWC is a Swiss company that specializes in kitchen faucets. Their faucets are well known for exceptional quality. They are also known for being incredibly long-lasting, with a warranty that lasts even longer. KWC makes a wide range of faucets, including pull-out and pull-down styles. Many of their faucets are monobloc and come in several sizes. However, their finish palette is more limited than other brands.
Kitchen faucets can be installed by a plumber in 1 to 3 hours. Plumbers typically charge between $45 and $200 an hour, with most paying an average of $90 an hour. A new faucet installation of a monobloc faucet takes about an hour. Some replacements take 2 hours if the old faucet is difficult to remove or plumbing lines need to be replaced. If you need to rough plumb, run a line, or have a complex faucet installation, it may take up to 3 hours. This means the average labor rate for installing a faucet is $90 to $270, with most paying around $180 for the labor.
When adding a pot filler, you have a different set of installation concerns. If you do not already have a line run to the area behind the cooktop, one must be run at a cost of $70 to $140. The area needs to be roughed, the wall tiled, and then the plumber can come back and install the pot filler. This takes about 3 to 4 hours total, with an average total cost of $340 to $500 in labor for the installation, plus the cost of the pot filler of $200 to $1,200.
Kitchen faucets are generally installed in two locations. A deck-mounted faucet is installed in your countertop or sink. It may be located in the center or to one side. D-shaped sink bowls work best with the faucet on a corner, while larger sinks may need it in the middle.
Wall-mounted faucets are installed in the wall directly behind your sink. They extend from the wall and into the sink. Some have a jointed spout to allow additional reach into a larger sink, while others have a fixed and straight spout. In general, deck-mounted faucets are easier and less expensive to install. This is particularly true when retrofitting a new sink, countertop, and faucet where one used to be. Wall installations are more challenging, even in a replacement. The wall must be opened and roughed for the faucet, and then the wall is closed and finished, and the faucet can be installed. This makes the cost of a wall-mounted faucet more expensive than a deck-mounted one.
|Location||Average Costs (Installed)|
|Deck||$300 - $800|
|Wall||$500 - $1,500|
The average cost range to install a deck-mounted kitchen faucet is $300 to $800. Costs range depending on the faucet type and style. Costs may be higher for replacements, gantry-style faucets, and some touchless toe-operated faucets. Deck-mounted faucets are the most common. The plumbing can originate beneath the sink, where it remains visible for repairs. You can turn off the valve for a deck-mounted faucet below the sink if needed.
The average cost range to install a wall-mounted kitchen faucet ranges from $500 to $1,500. Costs range depending on the wall and faucet type and style. Installation in a wall requires multiple visits, which can raise costs. It is also difficult to install the faucet in a wall below a window because there is often not enough room. The plumbing for your faucet is hidden inside the wall. This means finding leaks or turning off the valve can be difficult and costly.
If this is a replacement, the first step in the installation is removing existing faucets. That involves shutting off the water and loosening the nuts holding the faucet in place before disconnecting the supply lines. Then, the nuts are removed from below, and the old faucet is pulled out from above.
Install the new faucet in the reverse order. The new pieces are put in from the top and tightened beneath the counter. The supply lines are connected, and everything is tightened before the water is reconnected and tested. The entire process takes about 2 hours from start to finish, assuming all the pieces are in good shape. The process can take longer if there is rust or corrosion or you need to replace some parts.
This makes the cost to remove and replace a faucet between $180 and $270 in labor, for an average total cost range of $400 to $900, depending on the faucet type.
Faucet sizes vary depending on the model. If you choose a monobloc faucet, this is a single-hole style with a faucet extending between 12 and 18 inches into the sink and reaches 12 to 18 inches high.
A widespread faucet has handles located exactly 8 inches apart on-center with the spout between. It also extends 12 to 18 inches into the sink and in height.
Some faucets have specialty drillings, such as a faucet with one handle that sits separately.
When replacing a faucet, you need to match the drillings or opt for a plate that covers the existing drillings. Otherwise, you can drill the new counter to fit the faucet.
It is common to have a new sink and faucet installed together, particularly when installing a new countertop. If you have a new counter put in, it is common for the sink to be installed by the countertop installer. The plumber comes the next day to hook up the sink and install the faucet.
On average, a new kitchen sink costs between $200 and $1,000 to install. Combined with the cost of a new faucet, this brings your total to $500 to $1,800 for both items installed.
Another component frequently installed at the same time as your sink and faucet is your garbage disposal. All three are hooked up by your plumber, even if the sink was installed by the countertop installer. The cost to install a garbage disposal is $250 to $400, for a total installation cost of $750 to $2,200 for all three items to be installed at the same time. These costs include the material and labor costs.
You can design your kitchen and coordinate your sink and faucet in many ways. Some choose to match the finish of both. For example, you may have a stainless steel faucet with a stainless steel sink. Others use a stainless faucet with an integral white solid-surface sink rather than a white plastic faucet. It is perfectly fine to mix metals - a brass sink and stainless faucet create contrast and depth for the area.
The bottom line is that the sink and faucet do not need to match, but they should coordinate with the kitchen design for the most cohesive look.
The maintenance for your kitchen faucet varies depending on its finish. Chrome, plastic, and stainless steel can generally be cleaned with anything. Other finishes require pH-neutral or special cleaners designed for that metal. PVD (physical vapor deposition) finish makes it easier to keep clean and eliminates hard-water build-up and corrosion. However, this means you must avoid using bleach. Always ask the manufacturer of your faucet for cleaning information.
You can purchase an in-counter soap dispenser that matches most faucets. It screws into place through a hole in the counter beside the faucet. They cost $20 to $50 and can be installed by the homeowner, providing there is a hole drilled.
You may want to select a faucet with an adjustable angle if you use your sink for multiple functions. Adjustable faucets move the spout at its end so that the water can enter the sink from different directions. These faucets have starting costs of between $300 and $500.
If you have poor water quality, install a water filter in your sink. This can be done in a few ways. You can have a separate spout for cold filtered water or have your main faucet filtered. These have starting costs of around $100 to $200 and require a plumber to install.
In many cases, removing an old faucet can be done in a few minutes and does not dramatically increase the installation cost. However, some older faucets are more work to remove. They also require installing new lines for the new faucet, increasing costs by about $90 to $180.
If you drink a lot of tea or other hot beverages, you may want to add an instant hot dispenser. This is a small faucet that delivers near-boiling water instantly. They can frequently be coordinated with your faucet’s color, style, and finish. Costs start at $200 for the dispenser.
Your faucet may need extenders to fit if you have a very thick countertop. Faucet extenders attach the faucet to an oversized countertop and can be added to most faucets. They cost between $25 and $50.
The average labor cost to install a faucet is $180, with the total range being $90 to $270.
You do not necessarily need a plumber. Most handymen can install a faucet, and many faucets can be installed DIY if you are comfortable with the tools and process.
The average timeframe is 2 hours, but it can take less time if everything is in good shape or more time if it is a complex install.
Labor costs for replacement range from $180 to $270 but could be higher if the installation is complex.
This depends on several factors. If it uses a sensor, it can become dirty, causing it to turn on when you do not want it or not turn on when you do. Toe-touch is generally more reliable.